Mike Block • Colin Carr • Blaise Déjardin • Elinor Frey • Zlatomir Fung • Suzanne Hegland • Noa Kageyama • Kate Kayaian• Eric Kim • Johannes Moser • Rhonda Rider • Marcy Rosen • Astrid Schween • Jacob Shaw • Inbal Segev • Emily Taubl
Praised for her “transcendent” performances and her “rich, soulful…and comforting” tone (Bermuda’s Royal Gazette), cellist Kate Kayaian engages with audiences through her unexpected programming and her lively commentary and introductions to works. Her curatorial focus brings to life the common threads linking a seemingly disparate group of pieces. Highlights of this past season include performances in Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Stroum Center in Seattle, WA, the Memorial Classics Concert Series in Houston, TX, and the Charleston Library Society.
Kate performs and records regularly with the Grammy-nominated group Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has premiered over 100 works by some of today’s most innovative composers and has worked with such icons of contemporary music as Oliver Knussen and Pierre Boulez. She is currently working on her latest project–commissioning and recording a set of new works for solo cello.
In addition to her recital and chamber music appearances, she has performed as a soloist with the New Trier Symphony, The New World Symphony, the Boston Youth Symphony, and the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra.
An active teaching artist and coach, Kate regularly offers workshops and master classes. Her teaching credits include directing the chamber music programs at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She currently teaches cello and chamber music at the Bermuda School of Music, and is the writer of Tales From the Lane, a lifestyle blog for classical musicians.
Born in Evanston, IL, she began her studies at the Music Institute of Chicago with the esteemed pedagogues Gilda Barston and Nell Novak. She went on to receive her B.M. from the New England Conservatory. She was awarded a fellowship with the New World Symphony where she often served as principal cellist. Her teachers have included Colin Carr, Gary Hoffman, and Ralph Kirshbaum.
Colin Carr appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. He has played with major orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia, Montréal and all the major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand. Conductors with whom he has worked include Rattle, Gergiev, Dutoit, Elder, Skrowasczewski and Marriner. He has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms and has twice toured Australia.
He is a frequent visitor to international chamber music festivals worldwide and has appeared often as a guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Colin is the winner of many prestigious international awards, including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition, the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award, Second Prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition and also winner of the Young Concert Artists competition.
He first played the cello at the age of five. Three years later he went to the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Maurice Gendron and later William Pleeth. He was made a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, having been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston for 16 years. In 1998, St. John’s College, Oxford created the post of “Musician in Residence” for him, and in September 2002 he became a professor at Stony Brook University in New York.
Colin’s cello was made by Matteo Gofriller in Venice in 1730. He makes his home with his wife Caroline and 3 children, Clifford, Frankie and Anya, in an old house outside Oxford.
The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity and exquisite sensitivity, the 20-year-old has already proven himself to be a star among the next generation of world-class musicians. Fung’s impeccable technique demonstrates a mastery of the canon and exceptional insight into the depths of contemporary repertoire.
In the 2019-2020 season, Fung performs with orchestra and in recital in all corners of North America. He returns to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and debuts with Asheville and Aiken Symphony Orchestras, Plymouth Philharmonic, and Symphony Pro Musica in Hudson, Massachusetts. He performs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in a joint recital with fellow Tchaikovsky Competition winners in October, following a recital at Friends of Music in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Other recitals include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Syrinx Concerts in Toronto, The Embassy Series in Washington DC, Salon de Virtuosi and Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York City, Chamber on the Mountain in Ojai, Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, and Mainly Mozart in Coral Gables. At the Artist Series of Sarasota, Fung will perform the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven.
As a chamber musician, Fung performs around the world, opening the season with IMS Prussia Cove on Tour to London’s Wigmore Hall, Cornwall, Cambridge, West Sussex, and Somerset. He closes the season at Dresdner Musikfestspiele. New York City chamber music engagements include the Aspect Foundation and Jupiter Chamber Players. During the summer of 2019, Fung performs at Musique de Chambre à Giverny, a chamber music festival in northern France.
Zlatomir Fung started his career with Young Concert Artists. A winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2017 Astral National Auditions, Fung has taken the top prizes at the 2018 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, 2016 George Enescu International Cello Competition, 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, 2014 Stulberg International String Competition, and 2014 Irving Klein International Competition. He was selected as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the Arts and was awarded the 2016 Landgrave von Hesse Prize at the Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses.
Of Bulgarian-Chinese heritage, Zlatomir Fung began playing cello at age three and earned fellowships at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Heifetz International Music Institute, MusicAlp, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. A proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, Fung currently studies at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy. Fung has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and has appeared on From the Top six times. Fung plays a W. E. Hill and Sons cello from 1905. In addition to music, he enjoys cinema, reading, and blitz chess.
Cellist Eric Kim has a diverse career performing throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle and Far East as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra.
He joined the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as professor of cello at the beginning the 2009-10 academic year.
He served as principal cello of the Cincinnati Symphony from 1989 to 2009 and has also held principal cello positions with the San Diego and Denver symphonies.
Having made his solo debut at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kim was a featured soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra on its critically acclaimed tour of the Far East and has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Denver, and San Diego.
He has collaborated as soloist with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Sergiu Comissiona, Lawrence Foster, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and has appeared in recital in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Active as a chamber musician, he has performed with such artists as Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Susan Graham, Lynn Harrell, Stephen Hough, Jaime Laredo, Menahem Pressler, and Gil Shaham, as well as collaborating with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, and Orion string quartets.
At the invitation of violinist Pinchas Zukerman, he performed with Zukerman at the festivals of Athens (Greece), Mostly Mozart (N.Y.), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), and Verbier (Switzerland).
He has participated in several tours with Zukerman to South America and Israel as a member of the Pinchas Zukerman and Friends chamber ensemble. Highlights include chamber music debuts at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, performing both Brahms Sextets with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Michael Tree, among others.
Kim can regularly be heard at the festivals of Angel Fire (New Mexico), Aspen, La Jolla, Orcas Island (Wash.), Sangat (India), Santa Fe, and Savannah. He has made several recordings for the RCA, EMI, Telarc, and Koch labels.
As a teacher, he has students in major orchestras throughout the world. He is a regular teacher and performer at the Aspen Music Festival and School as well as the Music Masters Course Japan program held in Yokohama and Tokyo.
Born of Korean parents in New York City, Kim grew up in Illinois, where he began piano studies with his mother at age five. At age 10, he began cello studies with Tanya L. Carey.
Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists”, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Tokyo NHK Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Gustavo Dudamel.
His recordings include the concertos by Dvořák, Lalo, Elgar, Lutosławski, Dutilleux and Tchaikovsky, which have gained him the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d’Or and Gramophone commented “[Lutosławski and Dutilleux Cello Concertos]…Anyone coming afresh to these masterly works… should now investigate this new release ahead of all others…”. In August 2019 his latest release featured the works of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn with Alasdair Beatson, Piano.
In the 2019/20 season, highlights include two world premieres of Cello Concertos by Andrew Norman with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel and Bernd Richard Deutsch’s with theTonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich conducted by Yutaka Sado to include performances in Vienna (Musikverein), Grafenegg Festival, the Festspielhaus St. Polten and additional performances with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Johannes will also return to the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestras as well as to the George Enescu Festival with the Oslo Philharmonic. He will also perform at the season opening concerts of both the Ulster Orchestra (Elgar’s Cello Concerto conducted by Daniele Rustioni) and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galacia with (Saints-Saens Cello Concerto Conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk). European touring will include with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn (Play-direct) and Metamorphosen Berlin.
A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes has performed with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Jonathan Biss, James Ehnes, Vadim Gluzman, Leonidas Kavakos, Midori, Menahem Pressler and Yevgeny Sudbin. Johannes is also a regular at festivals including the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad and Kissinger festivals, the Mehta Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado, Seattle and Brevard music festivals.
Renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre, as well as his passionate focus on new music, Johannes has recently been heavily involved in commissioning works by Julia Wolfe, Ellen Reid, Thomas Agerfeld Olesen, Johannes Kalitzke, Jelena Firsowa and Andrew Norman. In 2011 he premiered Magnetar for electric cello by Enrico Chapela with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and in the following season he continued this relationship with the orchestra performing Michel van der Aa’s cello concerto Up-close. Throughout his career, Johannes has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He combines most of his concert engagements with masterclasses, school visits and preconcert lectures.
Born into a musical family in 1979, Johannes began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He was the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in addition to being awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations. In 2014 he was awarded with the prestigious Brahms prize.
A voracious reader of everything from Kafka to Collins, and an avid outdoorsman, Johannes Moser is a keen hiker and mountain biker in what little spare time he has.
Johannes Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694 from a private collection.
Marcy Rosen has established herself as one of the most important and respected artists of our day. Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass has called her “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures.” She has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States. She made her concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eighteen and has since appeared with such noted orchestras as the Dallas Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Caramoor Festival Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Jupiter Symphony and Concordia Chamber Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and the Tokyo Symphony at the famed Orchard Hall in Tokyo. In recital she has appeared in New York at such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street “Y” and Merkin Concert Hall; in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, Dumbarton Oaks, the Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery, where for many years she hosted a series entitled “Marcy Rosen and Friends.” In recent seasons she has given Master Classes and appeared on stage in Beijing and Shanghai, China, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea and in Cartagena, Colombia.
A consummate soloist, Ms. Rosen’s superb musicianship is enhanced by her many chamber music activities. She has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Peter Serkin, Mitsuko Uchida, Isaac Stern, Robert Mann, Sandor Vegh, Kim Kashkashian, Jessye Norman, Lucy Shelton, Charles Neidich and the Juilliard, Emerson, and Orion Quartets. She is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice, a group comprised of Oboe, Piano and String Trio, as well as a founding member of the world renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet. With the Mendelssohn String Quartet she was Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and for nine years served as Blodgett-Artist-in Residence at Harvard University. The Quartet which disbanded in January of 2010, toured annually throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for 31 years.
She performs regularly at festivals both here and abroad, including the Caramoor, Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals, the Seattle International Music Festival, the Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest in Austria and the International Musicians Seminar in England. Since 1986 she has been Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Maryland and as a long time participant at the Marlboro Music Festival she has taken part in twenty-one of their “Musicians from Marlboro” tours and performed in concerts celebrating the 40th and 50th and 60th Anniversaries of the Festival.
The recipient of many awards and prizes, Marcy Rosen twice won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, in 1981 with the Mendelssohn String Quartet and again in 1986, as a soloist. She was further honored by YCA with the Walker Fund Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award. She is also the winner of the Washington International Competition for Strings and was the first recipient of the Mischa Schneider Memorial Award from the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.
Marcy Rosen was born in Phoenix, Arizona and her teachers have included Gordon Epperson, Orlando Cole, Marcus Adeney, Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle and Sandor Vegh. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Rosen is currently Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the Faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She has also served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory and the University of Delaware.
Her performances can be heard on recordings from the BIS, Bridge. Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, CBS Masterworks, Musical Heritage Society, Phillips, Nonesuch, Pro Arte, and Koch labels among others.
Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet in 2016, she has appeared at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece, China, Spain, Scandinavia and throughout the US, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York’s 92nd Street Y, Ravinia, Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center. With degrees from the Juilliard School, Astrid Schween received her training under the guidance of Leonard Rose, Harvey Shapiro, Bernard Greenhouse, Ardyth Alton and Dr. H.T. Ma, and was mentored as a young cellist by Jacqueline Du Pré and Zubin Mehta. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the William Pleeth Cello Master Classes in Aldeburgh and made her debut at the age of 16 with the New York Philharmonic.
This season, Astrid Schween appears as soloist-special guest artist at the Violoncello Society of New York, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Cleveland Cello Society, Gather NYC, Aronson Cello Festival, in Minneapolis at the 20th Biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to host a special event in honor of the Guarneri String Quartet. Last season, her solo engagements took her around the US, with a performance of the Elgar Concerto in Boulder, CO, and recitals and master classes at the Boston Conservatory, the University of Maryland, Smith College, the Four Seasons concert series in Oakland, CA and Friends of Music in Kalamazoo, MI. Previously, she appeared as soloist with the Memphis Symphony and at the Peninsula, Interlochen and Sewanee festivals. In recent seasons, Astrid Schween was featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on National Public Radio, and was a guest speaker on Women in Music at the Library of Congress. She appears regularly on Classical music internet platforms such as “Living the Classical Life,” The Violin Channel and CelloBello. Her current collaborations include frequent appearances at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, recitals with pianists Victor Asuncion, Randall Hodgkinson and a soon-to-be-released CD of Romantic cello sonatas with pianist Michael Gurt. She recently recorded Rhapsody for Cello and Electronics with her husband, composer Gordon Green, and a highly acclaimed album with The Boston Trio. Recent collaborative releases appear on the Sony, Centaur and JRI labels.
Astrid Schween is a member of the cello faculty at Juilliard and the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island. She was for many years on the faculty at Interlochen, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College and the Hartt School of Music. She was also cellist of the Boston Trio, a frequent guest with the Boston Chamber Music Society and a longtime member of the Lark Quartet, with whom she earned the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lockenhaus, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and other prestigious venues. Additional recordings appear on the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels. She is represented by Thomas Gallant of General Arts Touring
Israeli American cellist Inbal Segev is a true original. Combining “thrillingly projected, vibrato-rich playing (not to mention a beautifully judged range of color and dynamics)” (Washington Post) with “rich tone, secure presence and complete technical mastery” (Jerusalem Post), her performances are distinguished by their artistic maturity, intense focus and rare interpretive depth. Besides making solo appearances at leading international venues and with preeminent orchestras and conductors worldwide, she is, with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, a founding member of the Amerigo Trio. Celebrated for her fresh insights into music’s great masterworks, she is equally committed to reinvigorating the cello repertoire, and has commissioned and premiered major new works from an international who’s who of today’s foremost contemporary composers, including Timo Andres, Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman, Gity Razaz and Dan Visconti. She has co-curated the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival since its inception in 2017.
On the heels of her world and East Coast premieres of Anna Clyne’s new cello concerto, DANCE, Segev has just recorded the work, together with Elgar’s iconic concerto, with Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. DANCE is one of two important new commissions that figure prominently in the cellist’s current season, which saw her join the Cincinnati Symphony for the Midwestern premiere of Timo Andres’s Upstate Obscura, with the composer in attendance, before recording the concerto with the Metropolis Ensemble for future release by Nonesuch. Other 2019-20 orchestral highlights include live accounts of 20th-century masterpieces by Elgar, Kabalevsky and Lutosławski, whose concerto she plays with the Bogotà Philharmonic in Colombia. Similarly sought after in recital, Segev makes New York appearances as a member of the Amerigo Trio and with her regular recital partner, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, who also joins her on the distinguished lineup of the Third Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Additional chamber engagements include dates at the Broad Stage in Los Angeles, with the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth in Texas, and with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) in New York, where she takes part in Schubert’s String Quintet in C and a pairing of Poulenc and Bruch. This summer she gives a solo recital at Montana’s Tippet Rise Arts Center and performs at California’s Music@Menlo, before rejoining CMS for multiple tours next season.
It was Segev who gave the overdue U.S. premiere of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s long-lost, posthumously reconstructed Cello Concerto. Passionate about new music and the revitalization of the cello literature, she is also personally responsible for commissioning, premiering, recording and championing new works by important contemporary composers from the U.S., Israel and beyond. Early examples include David Baker’s Cello Concerto, which she performed at New York’s Town Hall while still studying at Juilliard, and David Israel’s unaccompanied Dance Suite, which she premiered and recorded in 1995. She went on to make the first recording of Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello and Horn with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra for Opus One (2001), commission and premiere Paola Prestini’s Oceano at Columbia University (2002), premiere Ronn Yedidia’s String Trio with the Amerigo Trio at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall (2010), co-commission and premiere Avner Dorman’s Cello Concerto with the Anchorage Symphony (2012), give the U.S. premiere of Argentinean Jewish composer Maximo Flugelman’s Cello Concerto at the Castleton Festival (2012); premiere and record Lucas Richman’s Declaration with the composer conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony (2015), commission and premiere Gity Razaz’s multimedia piece Legend of Sigh at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust (2015), premiere Dan Visconti’s Cello Concerto with the California Symphony (2017), premiere Andres’s concerto Upstate Obscura at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (2018), join the Albany Symphony for the first performance of Christopher Rouse’s Violoncello Concerto since its premiere by Yo-Yo Ma in 1994 (2018), and co-commission and premiere Clyne’s concerto DANCE under Cristian Macelaru’s leadership at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California (2019).
Segev’s premier recordings of new concertos crown a rich and wide-ranging discography. Marking both her first album with Juho Pohjonen and her AVIE Records label debut, in 2018 she released a Romantic pairing of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke with sonatas by Chopin and Grieg. Having studied Bach’s solo cello suites for many years, she recorded the complete cycle over a six-month period with Grammy-winning producer Da-Hong Seetoo at New York City’s Academy of Arts and Letters for release by Vox Classics in 2015; documenting this process behind the scenes, a companion film by Nick Davis Productions was screened at Lincoln Center and in Maine and Bogotà. Segev’s earlier recordings include Dohnányi serenades with the Amerigo Trio (Navona, 2011), jazz-inflected chamber music with Fernando Otero and friends (Nonesuch, 2009), Jewish cello and piano masterpieces with Ron Regev (Vox, 2008), chamber works by Paul Ben-Haim (Centaur, 2003), Max Stern’s Bedouin Impressions (ACUM, 2000) and cello sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini with pianist Richard Bishop (Opus One, 2000). She may also be heard playing music by Peter Nashe on the soundtrack of Bee Season, a 2005 feature film starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche.
A prodigy who first played for the Israeli president at just eight years old, Segev came to international attention ten years later when she made concerto debuts with both the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Since then she has appeared as soloist with such leading orchestras as the Pittsburgh Symphony, California Symphony and Castleton Festival Orchestra in the U.S., as well as with the Bangkok Symphony, Bogotá Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon and Polish National Radio Symphony, collaborating with Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel and other of the world’s foremost conductors.
Besides appearing as a founding member of the celebrated Amerigo Trio, Segev has undertaken chamber collaborations with such esteemed artists as Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Gilbert Kalish, Anthony McGill, Anne Akiko Meyers, Juho Pohjonen, Jason Vieaux and the Vogler Quartet. She has given duo recital tours of China with both Tian Jiang and Alon Goldstein, has toured Colombia and Spain with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, recently embarked on a solo tour of Chile that included multiple educational outreach initiatives, and has given solo performances of Bach’s cello suites at international venues from New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Shanghai Concert Hall and Jerusalem Theatre. Her other recital highlights include solo and chamber performances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Bargemusic and Roulette, Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chicago’s Harris Theater and Bogotá’s Teatro Mayor, while her festival appearances include the Banff, Ravinia, Bowdoin, Olympic, Cape & Islands and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music festivals in North America; the Siena, Rolandseck and Montpellier festivals in Europe; the Jerusalem Music Center and Upper Galilee festivals in Israel; and the Cartagena Festival in Colombia, to which she returns annually.
Segev’s numerous honors include prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo and Washington International Cello Competitions. She has been featured in a live Q&A session at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse and a dedicated episode of The Musical Life podcast series, and holds regular interactive live-streamed masterclasses and Q&A sessions at the CelloBello resource center. Available at her YouTube channel, the cellist’s popular masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, has thousands of subscribers around the world and more than a million views to date.
A native of Israel, Inbal Segev began playing the cello at the age of five. At 16 she was invited by Isaac Stern to the U.S., where she continued her cello studies with Aldo Parisot, Joel Krosnick, Harvey Shapiro and Beaux Arts Trio co-founder Bernard Greenhouse, earning degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School. Today she lives in New York City with her husband, their three teenage children and her cello, which was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.
International award winning British cellist (b.1988) Jacob Shaw gives acclaimed concerts across Europe, USA and Asia in venues including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Albert Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Oslo Concert House, Walt Disney Concert Hall…
His 2015 2CD album DEBUT won rave reviews internationally – Remy Franck, director of the International Classical Music Awards wrote the following – “No doubt: Jacob Shaw is one of the most charismatic and distinctive performers I have heard in the last time.”
Jacob Shaw is Professor of Cello in Barcelona, Spain at the Academia Marshall (Marshall-Granados Academy of Music, established in 1901), where he occupies the “Cassado Chair”.
In 2016 he created a foundation to support, promote and educate young cellists, the Scandinavian Cello School. Jacob recently renovated an old farm from 1800 and opened the world’s first permanent cello center and retreat, (near the UNESCO heritage site of Stevns Klint in Denmark), where SCS has its home. (www.scandinaviancelloschool.com)
He founded “Radical Classic” as an alternative movement to build a diverse and new generation of classical music lovers. Through “Radical Classic”, he has instigated numerous different projects combining classical music with other mediums, for example collaborating with Michelin starred chefs, star dancers from New York City Ballet, performing in alternative venues from prisons to electric cello at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York…
In recent years Jacob has brought his skill sets together and created a boutique consultancy agency, working regularly for industry leaders such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Universal Music – in addition for special projects in the business world for clients including Ernst & Young and McKinsey & Company.
Last season highlights included performing in Vienna’s Musikverein on invitation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (ball 2019), curating a new concert series in Warsaw, working on numerous international consultancy projects – alongside concerts and masterclasses over 4 continents.
Together with his family, Jacob Shaw is the founder and artistic director of the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente (www.chalaismusique.com).
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Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century.” Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music.
Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (SRE),having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. Mike also served as Music Director for SRE’s acclaimed opening concert of New York City’s Central Park SummerStage 2011 season “Night at the Caravanserai: Tales of Wonder”.
Acclaimed by the NY Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing,” Block’s solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire with original compositions. He has collaborated in performance and recordings with a variety of diverse musicians, including Will.i.am, Edgar Meyer, Stevie Wonder, The New York Philharmonic, Bon Iver, Zakir Hussain, Rachel Barton Pine, Allison Krauss, Mark O’Connor, Rhiannon Giddens, Bobby McFerrin, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Julian Lage. Mike is an active recording artist of original material, folk music and cross-cultural collaborations, and his albums have consistently debuted near the top of the Billboard charts for multiple styles, including Classical, Bluegrass, World Music, and Classical Crossover. He has an ongoing video project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically glorious bathrooms of famous concert halls, via BachInTheBathroom.com, and takes his solo show on an annual Frank Lloyd Wright House Concert Tour. In 2017, Block became an ongoing contributor to Facebook’s Sound Collection, for which he has composed, arranged, recorded, and produced over 400 tracks, ranging from Western Classical to contemporary pop, as well as traditional music from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration. In 2010 he founded the Mike Block String Camp (MBSC) as a way to provide players of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn from a world-class faculty in a variety of styles, supporting the exploration and development of the artistic voice of each student. Mike is also the founding Director of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW), designed to foster a community of globally minded musicians. He teaches hundreds of cello students online through his Multi-Style Cello School at ArtistWorks.com, with an extensive library of instructional and performance videos, and authored the book Contemporary Cello Etudes, published by Berklee Press. In 2012, Mike was appointed Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, and in 2018 also joined the faculty of New England Conservatory through the Contemporary Improvisation program.
During his time living in New York City, Mike regularly subbed on Broadway as on-stage cellist for the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Next to Normal, and he also worked as Music Consultant on the 2012 film, A Late Quartet. Mike was the subject of a 2011 feature article in the Wall Street Journal for his Artistic Directorship of the GALA BROOKLYN Music Festival, featuring cross-cultural collaborations among locally-based musicians. Mike’s television and radio credits include Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Regis and Kelly, NBC’s 30 Rock, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, WNYC’s Soundcheck, APM’s Performance Today, WNBC 4’s Chuck Scarborough Show, VH1, The Disney Channel, and the CBS Early Show.
As an innovator, Mike is among the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing. Employing his patented design, The Block Strap, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall. The NY Times characterized the performance as, “Breathless … Half dance, half dare.”
Mike attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied cello with Richard Aaron, and received the Jim Hall Prize for Undergraduate Achievement. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, studying with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick. Mike plays on a modern cello made in 2014 by Fabienne Gauchet, a Yamaha electric cello, D’Addario strings, a David Gage Realist pickup, and the patented cello strap of his own design, The Block Strap. Mike lives in Boston with his wife, fiddler Hanneke Cassel, and their young daughter.
Strasbourg-born cellist Blaise Déjardin was appointed principal cello of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons in spring 2018, having joined the BSO’s cello section in 2008. Previously, Déjardin was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. He was a founding member of the Boston-based string orchestra A Far Cry, and in 2010 he founded the acclaimed Boston Cello Quartetwith three BSO colleagues. He has arranged numerous pieces for cello ensembles, earning four ASCAP Plus Awards and receiving commissions from Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and A Far Cry. In 2013 he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company. He has served as artistic director of the Boston Cello Society since its creation in 2015. Mr. Déjardin has performed as soloist with orchestra around the world. In 2008 he gave the U.S. premiere of French composer Edith Canat de Chizy’s Formes du vent for solo cello. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists. He holds a first prize in Cello with highest honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, as well as a master of music diploma and a graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His main teachers were Philippe Muller, Laurence Lesser, and Bernard Greenhouse. Mr. Déjardin made his debut with orchestra at agefourteen performing Haydn’s C major concerto at the Corum in Montpellier, France. Among his numerous awards and honors, he was awarded first prize at the Maurice Gendron International Cello Competition and was also the youngest prizewinner at the 6th Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand. In 2007 he made his Paris recital debut at Le Petit Palais as a laureate of the program Declic supporting emerging young soloists in France. He has taught privately and at the New England Conservatory and Tanglewood Music Center.
Fascinated by the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Her release on the Belgian label Passacaille, Berlin Sonatas with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano, was nominated for a Juno award for Best Classical CD, Solo & Chamber Music and won the 2015 Québec Opus Prize for Early Music CD of the year. Her first Baroque CD, La voce del violoncello, was praised for its “careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos” (Toronto Star) and for the “honest, reflective beauty of her music making” (Strings). Her performance of this program was the winner of the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. In 2017, she released Fiorè, the world premiere recording of the sonatas of Angelo Maria Fiorè and various unknown Italian arias the, performed alongside soprano Suzie LeBlanc while in 2020 she released another world premiere recording, Giuseppe Dall’Abaco: Cello Sonatas. Frey’s debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky, and her CD of new works for Baroque cello, titled Guided By Voices, was released on the Analekta label in March 2019. These works are by Scott Godin, Linda Catlin Smith, Ken Ueno, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Maxime McKinley, and Lisa Streich. Frey’s honours include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, American Musicological Society, and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Il Gardellino, Constantinople, Clavecin en concert, Ensemble Caprice, and Les Idées heureuses, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition and second prize winners in the 2014 International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht. Currently a course instructor at McGill University, and instructor of Baroque cello at the University of Montréal, Frey holds degrees from Mannes, McGill, and Juilliard and is the Visiting Fellow in Music from 2019-2022 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.
Suzanne Hegland teaches College Writing and directs The Writing Center at New England Conservatory. She is also faculty advisor for the student newspaper, The Penguin.
Hegland’s writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The World Scholar, and Creative Nonfiction. In addition to teaching, Suzanne is founder of CaptivatInk, a one-on-one coaching service helping writers at all levels from brainstorm to the final draft.
B.A., M.A. in History, University of Massachusetts/Amherst; M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, Suffolk University; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Lesley University
Born in Marysville, Ohio, performance psychologist Noa Kageyama is on the faculty at Juilliard and is the performance psychology coach for the New World Symphony. Kageyama has degrees from Oberlin (BA, psychology) and Juilliard (MM, violin performance) and studied with Stephen Clapp, Ronald Copes, Franco Gulli, Paul Kantor, Masao Kawasaki, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Donald Weilerstein before making the leap to psychology. He received his MS and PhD in counseling and counseling psychology from Indiana University.
Kageyama specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sports psychology principles to more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure. He has conducted workshops at institutions including Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, Peabody, Eastman, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music. He has taught at programs such as the Starling-DeLay Symposium, the Perlman Music Program, and the National Orchestral Institute, and for organizations like the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Kageyama has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Musical America, Strings Magazine, Strad, and Lifehacker. He maintains a private coaching practice and writes a performance psychology blog, The Bulletproof Musician, which has more than 100,000 monthly readers.
For over two decades, cellist Rhonda Rider was a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian Quartet and Triple Helix Piano Trio. An advocate of contemporary music, Rider has premiered and recorded works by composers including John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Yu-Hui Changand Elliott Carter. Always interested in bringing classical cello music to unusual places, she has been an Artist-in-Residence at both Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest National Parks. Eighteen works for solo cello were commissioned for these residencies. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and adjudicated at the Fischoff, Stulberg and Concert Artists Guild Competitions. Recently, she has performed withShelter Music Boston and the New Gallery Series. In the summer months, she performs and teaches at festivals including Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Music from Salem, Tanglewood and the Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong). Rider holds degrees from Oberlin and Yale and is on the faculty of Boston University, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she was twice awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year/Best of Berklee.
Cellist Emily Taubl has been called “an outstanding cellist with a bright future” (Hartford Courant), and her playing has been described as “sheer poetry” (Rutland Herald). She currently serves as the Principal Cellist of the Springfield Symphony (MA), on the faculty of the University of Vermont, and maintains a busy schedule of solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances.
Emily has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hartford Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, New England String Ensemble, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Granite State Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. She has performed recitals at the University of Vermont, Amherst College, Dartmouth College, and Williams College.
She performed as a soloist at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Prelude Concert Series. She performs regularly on Vermont Public Radio, and was a featured performer for The Colors of Claude Debussy: A 150th Birthday Celebration on Boston’s WGBH that was broadcast internationally. She has also performed chamber music at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Scrag Mountain Music, Faulkner Chamber Music Festival, and Capitol City Concerts.
In addition to teaching at the University of Vermont, Emily founded and directs the Conservatory Audition Workshop – an annual summer program that prepares top string students from around the world for auditions at elite music schools. Her articles about audition preparation and pedagogy been published in Strings Magazine on several occasions. Additionally, she has served on the faculties of Middlebury College, the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Lyra Music Festival.
Having studied at the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music and the New England Conservatory, her major teachers include Paul Katz, Aldo Parisot, and Ardyth Alton. Emily is based in Burlington, VT and performs on a cello made by Tetsuo Matsuda in 1984.